Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tina and Tae’s Grand Opening Event

Posted on March 20, 2015 5:05 am by Delaney Austin

Tina and Tae’s located on Bockman Way adjacent to Compu-Geeks will be hosting a grand opening event today from 10-5.

A grand prize will be a paint party valued at $120.


CRMC raises funds to help benefit cancer patients

Posted on March 19, 2015 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Volunteers from the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation and Pet Therapy Program at Cookeville Regional Medical Center recently sold custom made dog houses at the 2015 Upper Cumberland Home and Garden Show to raise funds to provide Personal Treatment Journals for local cancer patients. One of the dog houses was built by the Overton County Veterans of Foreign Wars with a patriotic theme. While attending the Home Show, Marie Overstreet saw the dog house and fell in love with it. She purchased it for her dog, Jack. Learn more about this program at

Sisters donate to Locks of Love

Posted on March 19, 2015 2:02 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Sarah and Leah Mullican, daughters of Tim and Michelle Mullican, donated their hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths. Beautiful Lengths provides wigs to the American Cancer Society free-of-charge to give to patients undergoing cancer treatment. New wigs are available at American Cancer Society office, in Cookeville, at 753A Humble Drive. Hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information on this program please call (931) 520-7757.

Vonn Bell and YMCA staff

Posted on March 19, 2015 12:12 pm by Pamela Claytor

Vonn Bell posed for a picture with his father, Sparta YMCA CEO Vencent Bell, and YMCA staff during his visit to the facility today.

Vonn Bell meets with White County youth at YMCA

Posted on March 19, 2015 12:12 pm by Pamela Claytor

Vonn Bell, a sophomore at Ohio State and safety for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, stopped by the Sparta YMCA, where his father Vencent is the CEO, to meet with local fans. Three young football fans posed for a picture with Vonn during his visit.

Linda Ann Cushman Tallent

Posted on March 19, 2015 12:12 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

Linda Ann Cushman Tallent, age 78, of Sparta, passed from this life March 18, 2015, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Tallent was born Aug. 19, 1936, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of Wayne Cushman and the late Mildred Coffin Cushman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lee Tallent; and one brother, David Cushman.

Surviving family members include two sons, Paul Tallent and wife Kim of Princeton, West Virginia, Eric Tallent, of Houston, Texas; daughter, Amy Fox and husband Jim, of Sparta; sister, Sue Anders; brother, Joe Cushman; and grandchildren, Sarah Haynes, Anna Fox, Josiah Fox, Caleb Fox, Bryce Fox, Gabriel Tallent, Doniven Tallent, Leanna … Read More

World War II veterans honored

Posted on March 19, 2015 10:10 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Three veterans from Sparta were honored March 17, 2015, for service to their country during World War II. W.C. Bohannon, Charles “Doc” Mitchell and Jim Sutcliffe were each presented a “Quilt of Valor” at Sparta First United Methodist Church by members of the Stitch, Show and Share Quilt Guild.Quilts of Valor were originally pieced and quilted, then given to service men and women who were injured in the line of duty. Alternatively, quilts are presented to the next of kin (parent or spouse) of a service man or woman killed in the line of duty. Additionally, quilts have been given to honor those who have served their country … Read More

FEMA meets with county leaders

Posted on March 19, 2015 9:09 am by Pamela Claytor

FEMA has arrived in White County to discuss with county leaders the damages suffered by the county during the recent ice storms. Pictured are: Edward Hensley (far left), of White County E-911 and Sparta Fire Department, County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson (head of the table), White County Emergency Management Agency Director Jimmy Savage, E-911 Director Suzi Cash, Finance Director Chad Marcum, and FEMA representatives.

Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting

Posted on March 19, 2015 9:09 am by Delaney Austin

The Board of Mayor and Alderman will meet today at 5 p.m. at Sparta City Hall, 2nd Floor, located at 6 Liberty Square

The agenda will include:
•Department Head Reports

•Recorder’s Financial Report

•Ordinance Discussion


•Property Tax Assessments

•Parade Permits

There will be a work session immediately following the meeting to discuss the Retail Coach recommendations and information regarding the Package Liquor Store Ordinance proposals.

Ridgedale Free Will revival

Posted on March 19, 2015 7:07 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Ridgedale Free Will Baptist Church, 5150 Red Rd., will have a revival 7 p.m., nightly, March 23-28. Bro. Scott Lawson and Bro. Darrell Nance will be preaching. Everyone is invited.

Health Council meeting

Posted on March 19, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

White County Health Council will meet at noon, March 31, 2015, at Sparta YMCA.

Johnetta Smith

Posted on March 19, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Johnetta Smith, 101, of Sparta, passed away March 18, 2015, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gas patrol

Posted on March 19, 2015 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Gas prices (regular gas only) effective March 17, 2015

Murphy USA 149 Sam Walton Dr. $2.14
Sparta Market 926 Smithville Highway $2.18
Raceway 315 E. Bockman Way $2.19
BP 310 W. Bockman Way $2.22
Mapco 137 E. Bockman Way $2.25
Sunoco 556 W. Bockman Way $2.25
Shell 144 Taft Church Rd. $2.25
BP 579 N. Spring St. $2.25
Jose’s Mystic 1714 Roberts-Matthews Highway $2.49
Highway 70 Market 8525 Smithville Highway $2.49

Senator Bailey addresses policing for profit issues

Posted on March 18, 2015 3:03 pm by Kim Swindell Wood

State Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) announced today that an agreement has been made with key law enforcement agencies in Tennessee to help prevent “policing for profit.” Bailey, who sponsored legislation in the General Assembly this year addressing the problem, said the agreement was the impetus for taking his bill off notice in the Senate Judiciary Committee in order to allow law enforcement agencies to correct the problem internally.

“We have had a serious problem in Tennessee of certain law enforcement agencies policing for profit,” said Senator Bailey. “This has resulted in many law abiding citizens being targeted for no reason and their personal property damaged and cash being … Read More

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